Okay, saying England is half as good as Australia is an exageration. After all, Australia only lost 6 wickets to England's 19. So mathematically, England were only slightly better than 30% of Australia's effort. Let's be generous and round it up to 33%. England are a third as good as Australia.
Still, I am gutted we didn't get the win. A 1-nil scorecard would've been a perfect result heading to Lords. It would've sucked the wind out of England, possibly broken their spirit like Adelaide did. But it was a thrilling finish, much like most of the 2005 Tests. So cricket was the winner. Pity it couldn't have been Australia as well. Some highlights for me:
- KP inventing new, incredibly stupid ways to get out. Ludicrous sweep shots, leaving straight balls. It doesn't get any better.
- All the Aussie batsmen bar Hussey scoring runs.
- The much maligned Nathan Hauritz (with me being one of the head cheerleaders of the boot sinking) outspinning the two English spinners who took one wicket between them.
- England fielding for 3 days and over-bowling Andrew Flintoff yet again.
- Australia dominating nearly every aspect of the Test apart from a few bad sessions (one of which was rained out).
- The result, of course. I stayed up right till the last delivery hoping and expecting to see an Australian victory. The crowd roaring with every dot ball was really setting my teeth on edge by the end.
- Ponting's negative captaincy and Australia's toothless bowling in the middle session of day 1.
- Mitchell Johnson's attack of the yips in the last session of Day 5. This was the moment when our spearhead needed to step up and win the match for us like he did in South Africa or when he bowled Graeme Smith in the penultimate over in Sydney. Instead Mitch could barely land the ball on the pitch. Ponting should've taken him off several overs earlier.
- Nathan Hauritz sealing his Test spot for at least several more Tests.
- Ponting bringing on the feckless Marcus North in the dying minutes of the Test.
Back to back Tests are tough. I'm not talking about the players. I'm talking about me recovering from the sleep deprivation in just a few days before having to enter the twilight zone again. I've got three days to catch up on my sleep, one of which is State of Origin night, then it begins again at Lords on Thursday night. Still, looking forward to what crazy spectacle the Ashes will deliver this time around.
|Posted by JC on Mon 13 Jul||62 comments|
Posted by sahirusman on 2009-07-13 17:11:08
While Australia should have won, and can feel aggrieved by the ¾ day lost to rain (well, it was Wales), the draw came about because the Poms relinquished so many wickets. Out of the 19 English wickets that fell I’d say only 8 or 9 were ‘taken’. Ponting (and therefore Australia) is an ineffective captain without his legends and Strauss is hamstrung by the roll-over-and-die mentality which has plagued English sporting achievements since 1966.
All that stuff about Panesar being useless is BS – he’s got a good technique and is savvy enough to know what to leave. He’d bat at 8 in a 70’d side!
Roll on Thursday!
Posted by virtualgaz on 2009-07-13 18:53:43
Posted by JC on 2009-07-13 20:54:30
The whole bowling/fielding choices of the 2nd half of the day really seemed to lack the intensity that the situation deserved. It was like Ponting had just decided to let England get themselves out!
Hmm. I suppose the English did a good job of that during the first half of their innings. Maybe he thought they were more qualified for the job than the Aussies.
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Posted by JC on 2009-07-16 10:05:49
Couldn't help wishing for a Brett Lee or a Stuart Clark - or even Hilfenhaus - in the last few overs though!
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